M. M. Kalburgi

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Malleshappa Madivalappa Kalburgi (28 November 1938 – 30 August 2015) was an Indian scholar of Vachana sahitya (Vachana literature) in the Kannada-language and academic who served as the vice-chancellor of Kannada University in Hampi. A noted epigraphist of Kannada, he was awarded the National Sahitya Akademi Award in 2006 for Marga 4, a collection of his research articles.[1]

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M. M. Kalburgi
Born(1938-11-28)28 November 1938
Died30 August 2015(2015-08-30) (aged 76)
Cause of deathAssassination
Academic background
Alma materKarnatak University
Academic work
Main interestsVachana sahitya
Notable worksKavirajamarga Parisarada Kannada Sahitya, Maarga (in 6 volumes)

Kalburgi was a radical voice among Lingayat. Kalburgi's life work has been to provide insights and raise new perspectives into the Lingayat history and community, which have many times led to controversy and opposition from other members of the Lingayat community that he was member of.[2] He came under criticism from his lingayat community of Karnataka, after he was accused of making "derogatory references" to Basava, a 12th-century philosopher who is revered by the community, Basava's wife and sister, in his Marga 1, a work on Kannada folklore, religion and culture.[3]

In 2014, he had spoken against superstitions in Hinduism, which some people misinterpreted as being against idolatry in Hinduism. Following which a case was registered on the basis of a private complaint by an individual against Kalburgi for hurting religious sentiments.[4]

Kalburgi was shot dead in the morning of 30 August 2015 at his residence in Dharwad district of Karnataka by two unidentified men.[5]